A response to intervention approach is built on the premise that when universal supports are provided consistently for all students, the majority of students will thrive. The underlying goal of RtI is preventing academic struggles and challenging behaviours, so that all students are successful.
Response to intervention uses a three-tiered pyramid to identify strategies, supports and interventions that address students’ academic and social-emotional needs (click on the multimedia toolbox for an image of the pyramid).
The pyramid shows a menu or continuum of supports that range from the following.
Many Alberta schools use RtI in flexible ways to respond to student needs - for example, many schools use a problem-solving model that includes personalized learning, behavior plans and a variety of assessment tools and interventions.